Pre-K 4 SA will begin its third year this fall with 1,700 students at four Education Centers across the city. Online and phone applications for the full-day, high-quality prekindergarten program will be accepted beginning Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
Applications submitted online through April 5 will be eligible for a position in the priority lottery selection to be held on April 8. Additional applications will continue to be accepted through August in order to fill available spaces. The new school year opens Aug. 24, 2015.
Pre-K 4 SA enrolled 1,500 students in the fall of 2014, filling its North, South, East and West Education Centers. The East and West centers were added last year, fulfilling the program’s plan to serve young learners in all areas of San Antonio. The program is free for qualified students who meet state eligibility requirements and live within a participating school district. Families who live in San Antonio but outside a participating school district or families who do not meet state eligibility may be accepted on a sliding tuition scale and are encouraged to apply. All interested families are urged to apply before the April 5 lottery deadline, to improve the chance for admission to the Center of their choice
“We are approaching our third academic year encouraged by the success of our students and families, and enthusiastic about continuing to strengthen our relationships with participating school districts,” said Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck.
An assessment of Pre-K 4 SA student performance in 2013, the program’s first academic year, shows that when compared to the national sample of approximately 30,000 prekindergarten students assessed in Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment, between 80 percent and 90 percent of Pre-K 4 SA students had knowledge, skills, and behaviors meeting or exceeding other children being assessed.
“There is no question that high-quality early education is vital to academic success, or that Pre-K 4 SA is filling a critical need for enriched curriculum for hundreds of San Antonio’s youngest learners,” Bruck said.
For more information about eligibility or to apply families can visit www.sanantonio.gov/prek4SA or call (210) 206-PREK (7735).